It’s really over for Patrick Marleau

Forward Patrick Marleau confirmed the obvious on Tuesday when he retired from professional hockey after 21 seasons in the National League.

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The former San Jose Sharks captain made the announcement in a lengthy letter published on the Players Tribune website. We already suspected his departure during the Daily Merkur News mentioned the whole thing on Friday. Also, the 42-year-old hasn’t played in 2021-2022, he who holds the Bettman Circuit mark with 1,779 regular season games.

“I came to San Jose when I was 17. I had big dreams and you trusted me from day one. Thank you for letting me wear this jersey year after year, decade after decade,” he wrote specifically for the Sharks, for whom he played from 1997 to 2017, as well as his two most recent campaigns.

Marleau was the second pick in the 1997 draft, right behind Joe Thornton, who would go on to become his teammate at San Jose. The Canadian may not have won the Stanley Cup, but he did win an Olympic gold medal in Vancouver in 2010.

“In 2016, I finally got the chance to play in the Stanley Cup Finals series,” Marleau recalls. I won’t lie: when I think back to the fact that we were so close to winning, it still hurts me. But I do know that this year we left everything we had on the ice.”

Thanks

Marleau used his lengthy letter to thank the many people who contributed to his long career in the NHL. He also thanked his parents, brother and sister.

“To my mother and father, your sacrifices and love have given me the opportunities that have allowed me to be where I am today. You always believed in me and always encouraged me. I owe you a debt of gratitude that I cannot put into words. i love you both Thank you for everything you have done for me.”

“Richard and Denise, thank you for your support throughout my career and before this one. Whether it’s doing my housework or driving for hours to watch my games in the middle of winter. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate having you both in my life,” said the man who grew up on a farm in Manitoba.

In addition to playing for the Sharks, Marleau was also a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Pittsburgh Penguins. He accumulated 1,197 points, including 566 goals, in the top ice hockey league in the world.

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